Part of the Elmore Five—alongside Amie, Camden, Kate, and Jackson.
In August 2016, our family moved from Richmond, Virginia, where we had lived for 8 years, to Charlottesville, Virginia, where we are now charmingly stuck between that prestigious university founded by Jefferson and those iconic mountains shaded blue.
For 15+ years, my primary vocation involved Christian ministry and pastoral work among university students and young adults in Salem, Ore., Clemson, S.C., and Richmond, Va. The social and organizational contexts were as diverse as the particular geographies. Part of this work also included service learning in international environments (see: below). These experiences in professional development, humanitarian work, and Christian mission have been uniquely enriching, influencing my intercultural understanding and global perspective.
Since 2015, I’ve been (slowly!) progressing toward the finish line of a doctorate in Christian-Muslim Relations—a religious and cultural interest of mine. Since 2012, I've worked in a very part-time capacity with a nonprofit called Peace Catalyst International. PCI is focused on dialogue, friendship, and partnership endeavors between Christians and Muslims.
During this season I’ve also been journeying through a career-shift. Meanwhile, I've gained additional experience in hospitality and service, working various jobs out of necessity from landscaping to bartending to hotel guest services. Currently, I work as the Produce & Cheese Guy at Market Street Market in Charlottesville.
I remain hopeful of finding a long-term vocational pathway in an institutional context like the University of Virginia, with a nonprofit organization in the Charlottesville area, or as part of a communications/media venture where I can draw upon my experience in broadcasting and my passion for writing.
Organizationally, I believe my most developed leadership competencies are the following:
- Interpersonal skills and Intercultural relations (navigating differences and barriers)
- Creative programs and solutions (initiating ideas and plotting strategies)
- Administration (attention to detail; resource management; volunteer supervision)
- Partnership development (networking with people across diverse sectors)
B.A. Broadcasting Communications, Cedarville University (1990)
M. Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1999)
D. Min., Global Christianity & Development, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (December 2017!)
The working title for my D. Min. Thesis is the following:
Peace Catalyst International: A Strategic Example in Remaking the Narrative between Evangelicals and Muslims through Creative Peacemaking and Christian-Muslim Partnership for the Common Good
- Philippines (1991 & 1992)
- Ukraine (1995)
- Mexico (2006)
- Uganda and Kenya (2007)
- South Africa (2010)
- Oman (2012)
- Thailand (2014)
- Single-origin coffee from East Africa or Central America.
- Most any film by Wes Anderson or the Coen Brothers.
- Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. Portlandia. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Breaking Bad.
- Flannery O'Connor. Salman Rushdie. Viet Thanh Nguyen. Haruki Murakami.
- Most varieties of American folk music—with a special nod to Bob Dylan, Beck, and M. Ward.
- Attending a baseball game, anywhere.
- Arsenal Football Club.
Credits from the last 10+ years include: The South Carolina Review, Christianity Today, Off the Page, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Style Weekly, and The Daily Progress (Charlottesville).
I've also had two academic book reviews published by Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology.
Below are a selection of stories, articles, and essays generally representative of my writing.
Inter-religious & Intercultural
Through Windows and Around Tables [Christians fighting with Muslims]
The Daughter of Muhammad [American Muslims and immigration]
That Thing She's Wearing [bikinis and little black dresses]
Rushdie, Trump, and the Box-Seats of Democracy [where liberty and humanity intersect]
The Stroller: A 9/11 Remembrance [beauty and the bleak]
Faith & Culture
Backstage Jesus [school holiday concerts and the Culture Wars]
The Redemption of Guilt [three films that take guilt into their own bloody hands]
Tough Like a Man [American football and the virtues of manhood]
Revelry & Liturgy [the religious rites of college football in Clemson, South Carolina]
Humor & Light
Improving Guest Performance through Hidden Chemicals
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